Kurt Hester joined the Louisiana Tech family after serving as a National Director of Training for the D1 Sports Training Center in Nashville, Tennessee, since 2008. He worked with several professional athletes from leagues including the NFL, MLB, NBA, MLS, and NHL, as well as the NFL Combine classes. One NFL player notable to Tech fans who Hester has worked with is former Bulldog quarterback Luke McCown.
Concurrent to his tenure at D1 Sports Training, Hester also worked as the Director of Training at the Manning Passing Academy, where he designed a training program for over 1,300 high school athletes and delivered a specific training seminar for high school and college coaches.
Hester was an assistant strength coach at LSU from 1995–98, working with the speed development program for then-football coach Gerry DiNardo. He worked primarily with the LSU baseball team as it won two national championships under legendary coach Skip Bertman. Hester also worked with the men’s basketball, women’s soccer, and women’s golf programs, as well as the varsity cheerleaders.
Hester graduated from Tulane University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology. He also served as a graduate strength coach at Tulane for two years. He has a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification from the National Strength & Conditioning Association, a Speed Agility & Conditioning certification, and a Level 1 certification from the United States Weightlifting Association.
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